The tallgrass prairie is filling up the garden

One of the goals, here at Fossil Gardens, is to restore the ecosystem that once dominated this area. This region of west central Missouri was defined by the prairie. A savannah-like setting was found in Lee's Summit. Groupings of huge black walnut, hackberry and bur oak sheltered a rich biological garden beneath their limbs. Picture rolling prairie grasses with islands of trees dotting the landscape. This photo shows the first few months growth of grasses and forbs.